Stephen G. Hill Steps Down As President of Programming for BET Networks


Stephen G. Hill Steps Down At BET Networks

What da what?

Stephen G. Hill has stepped down from his longtime position as President of Programming at BET Networks after an 18-year tenure with the company.

Debra Lee delivered the shocking news to the staff in a memo, where she praised Stephen for his undeniable contributions over the years and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Read the memo below:

Dear BET Team,

I want to let you know that Stephen Hill, President of Programming for BET Networks has decided to step down from his role.

Stephen joined Viacom in 1995, and then BET in 1999, serving as President of Music Programming and Specials before taking on the role as President of Programming.

Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television and music. His contributions to the team have been invaluable as we worked together to successfully reinvigorate our brand.

Who could ever forget THE Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? This list can go on and on. The incredible “awww yeahhh” moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention.

I recently told the story of the first time I saw Stephen dancing in the aisle with red pants! I knew that was the spirit needed to take BET to the next level. And that was exactly what he did. His programming vision helped to create 106 & Park, The BET Awards, The Hip Hop Awards and hits such as Real Husbands of Hollywood, the amazing success of The New Edition Story and many, many more.



Most importantly, Stephen has been a trusted colleague and friend to many of us. We are fortunate to have enjoyed his service, creativity and laughter for so many years. I can’t imagine this ride without his energy, passion and love of BET.

Thank you Stephen for every awesome and magical moment, I know this won’t be our last dance. I know your dedication to BET will still live on in everyone you’ve touched over the years.

Please join me in thanking Stephen for all the love and support he has given BET over the course of his remarkable career.

Let’s wish him well in his next adventure.

Best,

Debi

No word yet on why Stephen is putting a condo on his wrist and cashing out. However, I’d like to assume he’s going out on a high note after “The New Edition Story” blew the ratings wide open.

Best wishes to Stephen on his next adventure!

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